Microsoft announced in March 2016 that it was bringing SQL Server to the open source Linux operating system. At the time Scott Guthrie, Executive VP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group said, “This will enable SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud.”
Now Wired.com is reporting that this release to Linux helped SQL Server to become the surprise hit software of 2016, citing that its popularity grew faster than any other database product for the year. Read via Wired.
Sources: Microsoft; Wired